Analysis Of The Book ' The Treasure Box ' Essay

773 Words Nov 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Through the clever use of vocabulary Wild (2013) engages the reader from the beginning. It is a story retold, of people trying to escape the brutality of war, forever remaining hopeful, and moving on to a better life. However, as Tunnell (2008) notes, it is not the subject or the characters that dictate if a book is well written, but the manner in which it is written. The choice of vocabulary can either tell the story to the reader, or show them, by immersing them into the story. The latter shows that the author has given consideration to the audience and paid respect to them (Tunnell, 2008). Wild (2013) has achieved this with the beautiful book “The Treasure Box”.
The sentence “It is rarer than rubies, more splendid than silver, greater than gold” (parra. 6) describes the only book undamaged by the library fire. Wild could have told us “This book is important,” but she shows just how special this book is by comparing it to precious jewels. The reader is left with a sense that the book must be saved, it is important, and it holds treasures worth preserving.
Wild (2013) exposes readers to alternative and interesting word choices. “Charred”, “trudged”, “ached” “ancient” and “rarer” are used as opposed to “burnt”, “walked”, “hurt”, “old”, and “few”. Tunnell (2008) states that providing these alternatives expands a child’s vocabulary. Using precise vocabulary evokes feelings and you can imagine an “ancient tree” or the hardships faced by the people fleeing, with words like…

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